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2020-10-21 00:29:27
by TWN Staff
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 20

POLITICAL ADS New Ads Stress Evers’ Response to COVID Tony for Wisconsin announced a six-figure ad buy in media markets... Read More

POLITICAL ADS New Ads Stress Evers’ Response to COVID Tony for Wisconsin announced a six-figure ad buy in media markets across Wisconsin. “Steady Leadership” promotes Gov. Evers’ leadership in tough times, getting support and supplies to families, farmers, and communities... Read More

2020-10-06 21:10:00
by TWN Staff
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 6

POLITICAL ADS Republicans Point to Corrupt Lobbyists and Billionaires The National Republican Congressional Committee is running a new ad in... Read More

POLITICAL ADS Republicans Point to Corrupt Lobbyists and Billionaires The National Republican Congressional Committee is running a new ad in IL-13 attacking Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan saying her campaign is being funded by corrupt lobbyists. The National Republican Congressional Committee... Read More

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock. Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000... Read More

2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton
Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and... Read More

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This... Read More

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This is, in large part, because of the unbalanced relationship between news publishers and tech platforms. But that relationship could be... Read More

2020-08-18 13:22:33
by Tom Ramstack
Newspapers Suffer Deep Losses as Pandemic Deals Another Blow

The New York Daily News put itself on the cutting edge of journalism again last week as it faces down... Read More

The New York Daily News put itself on the cutting edge of journalism again last week as it faces down a threat from coronavirus. The newspaper, which has boasted one of the nation’s largest number of readers, closed its newsroom.... Read More

Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the “suburban housewife” will vote for him in the upcoming election — but... Read More

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the “suburban housewife” will vote for him in the upcoming election — but polls and past election results tell a different story. “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” the president tweeted.... Read More

2020-08-15 08:48:16
by Gaspard Le Dem
National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub

D.C. may have a new furry resident on the way. The National Zoo announced on Friday that its giant female... Read More

D.C. may have a new furry resident on the way. The National Zoo announced on Friday that its giant female panda, Mei Xiang, appears to be pregnant, and could be giving birth to a new cub over the weekend. After... Read More

2020-08-14 15:09:51
by Gracie Kreth
US Census Enters Final Stage of Counting With a Shorter Deadline

WASHINGTON - The US Census Bureau entered its final stage of counting -- moving door-to-door -- with a shorter deadline.... Read More

WASHINGTON - The US Census Bureau entered its final stage of counting -- moving door-to-door -- with a shorter deadline. This week census takers began knocking on doors around the country in an attempt to count households that haven’t yet... Read More

2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has... Read More

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

2020-08-13 20:07:49
by Gaspard Le Dem
The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual... Read More

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual all-day programming, speeches will be packed into two-hour televised segments across four nights, from Monday, August 17, to Thursday, August... Read More

2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one... Read More

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Read More

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

2020-08-13 12:07:31
by Tom Ramstack
Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are preparing for the possibility they and President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to turn... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are preparing for the possibility they and President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to turn the Supreme Court sharply to the conservative right soon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent announcement that she is undergoing treatment... Read More

2020-08-11 22:04:18
by Sara Wilkerson
New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back

In an effort to help companies bring workers safely back amid the pandemic, a new initiative called the COVID-19 Diagnostics... Read More

In an effort to help companies bring workers safely back amid the pandemic, a new initiative called the COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons was announced in late July as a collaborative effort between Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and the... Read More

2020-08-11 17:51:39
by Gracie Kreth
Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system.... Read More

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system. Amid the pandemic and deep economic downturn the country is facing, food insecurity has escalated, particularly among Black, Indigenous and... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore... Read More

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk... Read More

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways,... Read More

2020-06-18 21:00:33
by Tom Ramstack
Social Media Security Officials Say They’re Ready for 2020 Election

WASHINGTON - Social media security officials acknowledged to Congress Thursday that they face ongoing threats by foreign governments to influence... Read More

WASHINGTON - Social media security officials acknowledged to Congress Thursday that they face ongoing threats by foreign governments to influence American society despite their best preventive efforts. They testified to the House Intelligence Committee as it seeks assurances there will... Read More

Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will consider taking legal action against governors who continue to impose stringent rules for dealing... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will consider taking legal action against governors who continue to impose stringent rules for dealing with the coronavirus that infringe on constitutional rights even after the crisis subsides in their states, Attorney General William Barr... Read More

2020-02-25 22:48:24
by Dan McCue
Nevada Sees Big Turnout for Democratic Caucuses

A total of 105,195 voters turned out for last weekend's Nevada Democratic caucuses surpassing the 84,000 voters who participated in... Read More

A total of 105,195 voters turned out for last weekend's Nevada Democratic caucuses surpassing the 84,000 voters who participated in 2016, the Nevada State Democratic Party said. Despite the big crowd, the numbers fell short of the record 118,000 people... Read More

2020-02-25 21:17:39
by Kate Michael
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental... Read More

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by suggesting options for growing a culture of data and evidence.  On the cusp of the EPA’s... Read More

Residents Near the Great Lakes Wonder: How Do You Handle a Generation’s Worth of Water Level Changes in Just a Few Years?

CEDARVILLE, Mich. — On a frigid morning in late fall, resort owner Mark Engle studied the mangled planks and dock... Read More

CEDARVILLE, Mich. — On a frigid morning in late fall, resort owner Mark Engle studied the mangled planks and dock posts scattered along an ice-glazed channel that feeds into Lake Huron. Les Cheneaux Landing Resort, tucked behind an archipelago of... Read More

In Texas, Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient

AUSTIN, Texas — Charlie Thomas, a home health care provider who also scrubs floors in the evening, says he buys... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Charlie Thomas, a home health care provider who also scrubs floors in the evening, says he buys lottery tickets “every time I get a paycheck.” Thomas, 55, has been playing the Texas Lottery for two decades. His... Read More

Built for Counterterrorism, This High-Tech Machine Is Now Used to Detect Fentanyl

BOSTON — Sarah Mackin runs a cotton swab around the inside of a tiny plastic baggie that appears empty. She... Read More

BOSTON — Sarah Mackin runs a cotton swab around the inside of a tiny plastic baggie that appears empty. She spreads whatever residue the swab picked up onto a test strip that resembles a Band-Aid, then slides the strip into... Read More

Trump Heads to NATO Summit as Impeachment Looms

WASHINGTON — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Western allies since he was elected three... Read More

WASHINGTON — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Western allies since he was elected three years ago on a platform that bashed existing treaties, trade deals and alliances. He leaves Monday for a two-day summit... Read More

How the US Betrayed the Marshall Islands, Kindling the Next Nuclear Disaster

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator, on a... Read More

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator, on a far-flung spit of white coral sand in the central Pacific, a massive, aging and weathered concrete dome bobs up and... Read More

2019-10-10 12:09:48
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Clears Way for the Blind to Sue Retailers Over Inaccessible Websites

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court this week turned down appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court this week turned down appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, effectively clearing the way for blind and vision-impaired individuals to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible. The 9th... Read More

2019-10-08 22:33:25
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Debates Whether Discrimination by 'Sex' Includes Gay and Transgender Workers

WASHINGTON - The cases came from New York, Georgia and Michigan. In one, Donald Zarda, a Long Island man who... Read More

WASHINGTON - The cases came from New York, Georgia and Michigan. In one, Donald Zarda, a Long Island man who taught skydiving for 15 years, was fired by his employer, Altitude Express, when a female customer complained that he had... Read More

2019-10-01 21:02:53
by Dan McCue
Journalists Urge House Panel to Open Door to Greater Transparency In Federal Courts

WASHINGTON - Fifty-four years after the U.S. Supreme Court heard its first case dealing with the televising and broadcasting of... Read More

WASHINGTON - Fifty-four years after the U.S. Supreme Court heard its first case dealing with the televising and broadcasting of a trial, meaningful electronic coverage of federal courts remains an aspiration, this despite the exponential advances in technology to disseminate... Read More

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